Saturday, March 12, 2011


Waiting is hard to do! One waits at the gas pumps, at the check-out line, for rides at DisneyWorld, even for commercials to end and the tv show to continue.  Wouldn't you like to reclaim all the time you waited in rush hour traffic or at a stoplight? It's particularly difficult when one waits for crucial news: a medical test to determine cancer, news of loved ones in harms way, or to learn if one has received gainful employment. The latter is where we are right now.

The Bible speaks often on the value of waiting on the Lord. Do a word search sometime. We find waiting is difficult because we are a people who value progress. Waiting is construed as laziness. "Certainly there is something that you can do" - as if one can perform in a way to make God do what you want him to do.  Actually waiting is one of the Christian's greatest works. It is not a passive inactivity. On the contrary, waiting is hard work. It calls for deliberate yieldness of control to God.

If you are looking for work, you have the responsiblity of creating a resume, visiting possible employers, studying, dressing and preparing for the interview. However, the ultimate decision of a job offer rests not in the candidate but in the employer. And for the Christian, the control of one's life rests in the Lord. He's in charge and he guides and directs. Proverbs 3:5-6 saya, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."  Though the word "wait" is not used here, the precept is. When one waits and trusts in God's leading, and one is willing to allow God to change one's plans, then there is a sense of peace knowing that He is in charge and will direct one's path.

I hope you learn about the blessing of waiting; it beats worrying any day.